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Improving my PCOS with Virta Health

July 23, 2018
March 2, 2020

By Alison B., a Virta patient

Two years ago, I began my journey back to health. At the time, both my husband and I were struggling with our weight. I had been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) in my 20's and suffered from mood swings and hormone imbalances. I was also worried that I was heading towards diabetes as my A1c was inching up towards prediabetic levels.

My husband took the first step. He started a ketogenic diet on his own and lost over 100 pounds. Seeing my own weight approaching 270, I decided to follow his lead and make the lifestyle change too.

Though I learned through my own personal research that all calories were not created equal, I didn’t have the tools or support to sustain my desired ketogenic lifestyle. After trial and error in trying to find the right approach, I came across Virta at work and decided that this must be the missing piece to the puzzle. I joined Virta on August 17, 2017, and I’m now 270 days in.

Alison, before and after Virta

Since starting on Virta, I’ve lost 40 pounds, and I’ve been ecstatic to see my weight go below 200. I am overjoyed as I have not been in ONE-derland since my 20's. As my body fat has decreased, so has my waistline, requiring a full wardrobe makeover. My fasting blood glucose is now consistently below 90, sometimes below 80.

And beyond the weight loss, I no longer experience mood swings, my hormone imbalances have normalized, and my “female functions” are back on track. I have newfound energy and use it to exercise and participate in more family activities with my son and husband.

I recommend Virta to everyone at work. At my church, I’ve used my transformation to inspire others, and I now lead a group to share recipes and success stories. I’ve influenced many others to start this lifestyle including my 75-year-old mom (under her doctor’s care), and it’s transformed her health and her life.

Virta has allowed me to step over the barrier to maintaining a healthy, ketogenic lifestyle and enjoy this new way of life. I am now focusing on incorporating exercise into my regimen as I reshape the life I want to have.

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